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to be thriving when for a time interest in museums has been waning." How does the Golden Ball Tavern tell its story? Most historic houses are restored to a period in time and furnished to match. Golden Ball founders saw a different mission, one they called "liberation," where time would be the fourth dimension. Changes to the building have been carefully peeled back to show researchers and visitors through layers of paint and wallpaper, decorative woodwork, fireplace redesigns, and placement of walls, how the structure and additions served as home, tavern, and hotel. "Father was an engineer by profession so he could see the big picture and the nuts and bolts," says Gambrill's daughter Polly Gambrill Slavet. "He engaged people from Historic Deerfield and the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities [now called Historic New England] in conceiving this special project." The tap room, the front room on the northeast side, showcases this approach. "We decided to show its use in two time periods," says Bines, "the original colonial tap room with tables and chairs for serving the public, and later the family's private sitting room with Federal-style fireplace surround dating The Golden Ball Tavern 76 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 4 right: 072-085_WWMb14_golden ball tavern_v2_WellesleyWeston Magazine 4/24/14 3:07 PM Page 76